Richard Allen

A photo of Richard Allen


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday September 1, 2017
11:00 a.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday August 31, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Richard Martin Allen passed away on August 29, 2017 while surrounded by his loved ones. Richard was born 72 years ago to his parents Vern & Dorothy (Martin) Allen. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Lou (Ewing), their children Shelley & Brad Newham, Heather & Brian Debusschere and Shawn & Kelly Allen and their grandchildren Courtney Newham (Mike), Hailey Newham, Aaron Newham, Brady Newham, Brodie Debusschere, Dakota Debusschere, Spencer Allen, Jacob Allen, Carson Allen and Preston Allen.

Richard will be remembered by his brother in law Norman & June Ewing, his Aunts Merle Smith and Lula Nicholson as well as his cousins Brian & Jana Smith and Joanne & Jamie Daniels. He was predeceased by his sisters in law and brothers in law Edna & Harvey Eves, Mary & Francis Irwin, Isabelle & Orville Benn, Gord Ewing, Jim & Lil Ewing and Donald Ewing, by his Aunt Inez & Milton Cleveland and Uncles Maurice Allen and Norm Nicholson and by his cousin Linda Smith.

Richard wore many hats in his life. He worked at Fram/Siemens in Chatham for 21.5 years, owned Allen’s Convenience in Chatham and sold real estate for Dave O’Brien in Blenheim. He was a baseball coach, past President of the Blenheim Golf Course and farmed for many years with his father Vern.

Probably the hat Richard enjoyed wearing the most was his hockey hat. He assisted the Blenheim Blades as Manager, was a past President of Blenheim Minor Hockey and also served as the Manager of his son’s teams for many seasons which included winning the Ontario Minor Hockey Peewee Championship in back to back seasons. Richard was also the Convenor for the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League and received the Crystal Puck award in November 2010 recognizing him for his outstanding commitment to the Ontario Hockey Association.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Thursday August 31, 2017 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Richard will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday September 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Richard with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Day Away Program at the Alzheimers Society in Chatham or the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

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My condolences to the Allen family at this difficult time. I have great respect for Dick and all that he did in the Great Lakes league when he was convenor. He and I had many chats over those days and many times showed me a different perspective on things. His calm approach to so many things were lessons that I haven't forgotten.

I was saddened to hear of Richard's passing. He did a lot for his community and his family should be very proud of his community's contributions. Thoughts and prays are with the family.

Our sincere sympathy to you, Lou, as well as to Shawn, Shelley, Heather and their families. Richard loved his family and gave a great deal to his community . He will be missed.

To Dick's Family.... I had the pleasure of serving on the board of the Great Lakes Junior "C" Hockey with Dick for many years. It was truly a pleasure to work with Dick. He had a passion to ensure only the best for the league at all times. He will be missed. On behalf of myself and the Mooretown Flags Hockey Club pleasure accept our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Joe Lavers

my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Take care and remember the good times.

Shawn - my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.

Dear Lou and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. from Fazl and Shirley (Anderson) Mohyuddin.

On behalf of the Blenheim Senior Centre and the Mifflin family we send you Lou and family our deepest regrets on Richards passing. All are in our hearts and prayers. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and bring you comfort and peace. Gaele &Gary Mifflin , Gavin, Richard, Rebecca

Sorry for your loss Shawn - We are thinking of you at this difficult time and praying that God will bring you peace in the days to come. take care!

We believe that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

Lou and family, So sorry to hear about Richard. Thinking of you and your family. Sincerely, Don and Carol Boylan

We, the PJHL's Yeck Division (formerly SOJHL Jr. C) are saddened with Richard's passing

Deepest sympathy to the Allen family. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Dear Lou, I am so sorry for this sadness u must feeling loosing Richard. You have had a wonderful marriage, and I remember you both fondly from our PGHDsys.."in training". Sending love Your friend Beth Lettner

Dear Lou & Family , Hearing of your loss of Richard has deeply saddened all of us .We know his smiling personality will surely be remembered by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him .You and your family are in all our thoughts as our heartfelt sympathies go out to you our dear Lou. Sincerely with love and friendship Class of 1966 PGH .

Lou, Shelley, Heather, Shawn and family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Dick. He will be missed by many in our small community, May he Rest in Peace

Shawn and family, We are very sorry for your loss. Mr. Allen was always a dedicated volunteer that was present through our minor hockey years. It was always nice to see him loosen up at tournaments and he would always get the entire parent group laughing. Sorry we cannot be there to show our support. Sincerely, Ritch and Annetta Schaafsma

Lou, Shelley, Heather, Shawn and family, Thinking of you all and remembering a man who helped many organizations, as well as many people. May you find comfort in your precious memories. Sincerely, Ted and Brenda.

Sincere condolences to the Allen family. I remember your father as a gentleman.

Shawn, Kelly and boys, Our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. Dave, Tanya and Cam Nooyen

Dear Heather, Brian, and Families Our sincere condolences to you at this time. We hope that your grieving will soon pass and be replaced by the many wonderful memories that you have experienced together. We wish you well as you move forward.